Eative flare and maybe even fall in love Marguerite also becomes entangled with a famous man f history Lord NelsonOverall I found this a very enjoyable book From the get go Marguerite was uite a likeable character and i actually found it remarkable how fond I became National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition of Nicholas within the few mere pages he was actually alive Their relationship was so sweet and sincere I found myself hoping the blatantbvious wouldn t become trueI also liked the strong character f Marie Tussaud She faced every single situation the same showing ff a very tough character nly letting in a few cracks for softness now and again She was a constant source f strength and admiration And certainly sounded like someone who would become a very famous successI found the first half A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of the book a very slow read despite the timeline in it being uite fast paced The second halff the book went much uicker for me and I enjoyed the bit f real action in it much Although Mr Philipstral was portrayed as the villain I wouldn t uite label him so Yes he was certainly a scoundrel and a trickster and you probably couldn t trust him as far as you could throw him but I believed that he would never really hurt Marguerite and truly did care for her In the end the last time Marguerite talked to Philistral was actually uite a sweet ne and showed that he thought One, Two, Three Me of her even when hiswn life was at riskThe characters f Darden Hastings and Brax Selwyn reminded me an awful lot at first f Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley from Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice Hastings has the dark grumpy exterior but is really uite a sweetheart inside while Selwyn was full Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of jokes and easy smilesThere were definitely times that Marguerite irritated me in particular when she kept taking certain characters at face value I wish she hadn t been so naive and sometimes some straight uestions and answers would have solved some problems and eradicated some subplotsOverall I think when an author can create a fictional character and place them in momentsf history and build them friendships with people f historical importance making them seem like they ve always belonged therethat s a real talent And Trent did it so so perfectly Setting It s 1803 and England is in the mitts f fending Tea for Ruby off a war with Napoleon Bonaparte and English citizens are beginning to get anxious therefore causing riots to breakutSynopsis A Royal Likeness is the seuel to The ueen s Dollmaker Years have passed and Marguerite is now the sole heir The Life of Saint Philip Neri of Claudette s Fashion Doll business She couldn t be happier living the lifef a tradeswoman with her devoted husband Nicholas Ashby constantly at her side It would seem nothing could bring Marguerite s spirits down until a raging band f rioters end up n her doorstep harassing and accusing her f conspiring with the enemy as a It was k Did not keep a lot I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of my attention A disappointing seuel to the delightful The ueen s Dollmaker This isne The Whistle Pig of those books that contains both good and bad for me The heroine Marguerite has an unfortunate turnf events resulting in the loss f her Aunt s doll shop and her husband Her pity party comes to an abrupt halt however when the pportunity to work with Madame Tussaud famous wax figure maker arrises For me the story involving Marie Tussaud and even her son the first half f the novel was the most interestingFor full review I don t even know why I finished this book I guess I regretted having wasted 350 so I wasted something much valuable time Go me There were moments when I sat n the train and just stared Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things out the window because I couldn t take it anyThe Battlef Trafalgar is in it Also Madame Tussaud Early 19th century Napoleon Jane Austen and Vanity Fair. Mes apprentice to her A Stepdaughter In Heat old friend Marie Tussaud who has established a wax exhibition When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figuref Admiral Nelson Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure and earns the admiration f two very different men.
I won t make any smartass remarks about wax figures being alive and smarter and with much better sense f purpose than the characters in this novel no I won t but I have to say that almost no Rufus one in it behaves reasonably certainly not the Mary Suer any f her suitorsAs for authenticity h After reading Christine Trent s The ueen s Dollmaker I was eager to read her second book A Royal Likeness whose main character Marguerite was first introduced in The ueen s Dollmaker Marguerite now wns Claudette s doll shop Claudette was the main character in the first book but when tragedy strikes she leaves the shop and London Then through Claudette s connections she receives the You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series opportunity to work as Madame Tussaud s apprentice She learns the tradef making life size wax models f famous people and helps Madame Tussaud with her exhibitions in London Edinburgh and Dublin Later because f her skill she gets involved with the British government and the Battle Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice of TrafalgarMany real historical figures play characters in this fictitious tale and I really liked this aspectf the book Madame Tussaud and Captain Ne Find this and ther reviews at into this novel with an pen mind Having any sort The Cowboys of preconceived expectationf greatness will result in sound disappointment A Royal Likeness picks up where The ueen s Dollmaker left Sins of Treachery off makes a dramatic departure from its processor and never looks backTrent could not settlen a story line Marguerite starts as the aspiring entrepreneur we know from the previous novel but uickly becomes Tussaud s apprentice hero f the battle f Trafalgar and the central component in political dealings for the good My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of the empire Personally that never came together for me I felt like the authorpened a history book and said hey this looks interesting where can I fit it in Trent has some talent as a writer but her inexperience is self evident The constant changes in storyline and characterization are exhausting to read Her fictitious players have such dramatic changes in their basic makeup that they almost invalidate the riginal novel Claudette is content attending social utings and playing mother hen to her children This is a character who journeyed to France during the Revolution for a doll Whos Next? Guess Who! order I cannot believe she would settle down into a lifef blissful domesticity Where is the fire and passion that drove her to become the best dollmaker in London Nathaniel and his mother were thrown in for comic relief but they play such an insignificant part that their presence comes ff as a cheesy attempt to create continuity between the novels And since when is Nathaniel bsessed with his sister in law Marguerite was poised to follow in Claudette s footsteps but her determination and Papi's Gift overall interest in her art is thwarted and never recovers Her character moves into wax modeling but the inuisitive little girl who peppered the doll shop staff with technical uestions never resurfaces Marguerite takesn the role f place holder The story revolves around her but she never comes through as particularly interested r devoted to her craftThe historic cast is also ill treated Madame Tussaud s broken English and verall characterization felt abrasive I cannot picture a woman with her talent and level f success being such a complete stick in the mud Why were Nelson Grey Pitt and Fox invited to the party Their part in the story could have been another book entirely hopefully グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] one with a completely separate cast since the idea itself wasn t a badneIn all honesty I wish I had skipped this ne I would much rather see ne well developed storyline than read a hodgepodge assortment f half baked ideas Read The ueen s Dollmaker and leave it at tha. And as Britain battles to verthrow Napoleon Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides With a masterful eye for details Christine Trent brings ne f history's most fascinating eras to life in The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of a storyf desire ambition treachery and courag.
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I was impressed with Christine Trent s debut The ueen s Dollmaker in early 2010 The novel appealed to me because it featured a strong independent heroine with the uniue employment File Under: Arson of being an artist and entrepreneur in dollmaking I am eually as impressed with Trent s sopho release A Royal Likeness Marguerite is a sympathetic character and it was a great pleasure to read about her escapades I had plannedn reading the book Wicked Sense over a couple days butnce I started reading I couldn t put it down and stayed up to the wee hours f the morning to finish itA Royal Likeness combines history f the Napoleonic Era including fascinating details about the Battle Powerless Against You of Trafalgar an abundancef adventure and intrigue and a good dose f romantic interest The novel stands n its wn although I do recommend She has written a delicious novel based n a fictional heroine whose life runs parallel to a real historical figure in a real historical timeframe while using real historical facts Not Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training only thatnce again like in her first novel The ueen s Dollmaker I was highly entertained by this no nonsense heroine In A Royal Likeness Marguerite is a gutsy creative and talented lady with a thirst for adventure and curiosity to no end Just love reading about these kinds The Texan Meets His Match of womenManyf you will remember Marguerite as Claudette s niece in Trent s first novel The ueen s Dollmaker In this subseuent novel Marguerite has now taken ver the doll making business After a horrible tragedy I won t spoil it for you Marguerite moves n to work for Madame Tussaud Yes The very wn Madame Tussaud who also happened to be a good friend f her aunt Claudette during the time The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of Marie Antoinette Read my reviewf the ueen s Dollmaker here There she learns the art Blue Guide New York of making figuresut f wax But there is sooo much to the storyThroughout the book we meet several royal personages we get a glimpse f Tussaud s life and history there s an important historical battle life Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered on a war ship mystery tragedy andf courseloveI found this book to be very entertaining with the right dose Garden of The Gods of history meshed in to keep pace with the time period hence giving it the feeling it could have actually happened for real I find this author s techniuef paralleling her main heroine to history and historical figures without sacrificing the story she wants to write especially refreshing There are already innumerable books ut there rehashing history with an interesting twist f fiction that are wonderful to read hence The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now our love for Historical fictionYet Christine Trent standsut from the rest by crafting in her wn style ne which hooks historical buffs by sustaining us with just enough historical immersion within the plot while fulfilling us with her Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments own great story Bravo to this creative author with a deliciouslyriginal edgeChristine Trent has definitely made her mark In my Goig opinion I dare nickname her a modern day Heyer I Loved this book French born English raised Marguerite is a married doll maker who is uite content with her life her husband and her little doll shop in London That is until some drunkards come to her shop shouting about the French and end up skewering her husband Afterwards marguerite finds it difficult to discover any reason she should stayn int the world Eventually her beloved aunt ships Marguerite Where Alligators Sleep off to become an apprentice under Madam Tussaud Yes that Madam TussaudMadam Tussaud fled France several years earlier with her waxwork figures and her young son With a grim sensef determination and a work ethnic that would please any soldier Marie Tussaud is determined to make her waxwork show a success Under Tussaud s guidance Marguerite slowly begins to come ut f her shell rediscover her cr. As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure But France still seethes with violence in the wake f the Revolution And when Marguerite's husband is killed during a riot the young widow travels to Edinburgh and beco.
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